Android 14 Feb. security patch hits Pixel phones with fixes in tow

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Google has started to push out the February Android 14 security patch for Pixel devices. This includes updates for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, which are Google’s latest phones. But updates are rolling out to all other Pixel devices which are still getting security updates. Including the Pixel tablet, Pixel 7 series, and everything as far back as the Pixel 5a. If you have any of these devices, you should see the update coming through relatively soon. Keep in mind that OTA update notifications don’t drop for everyone at the same time.

You might not have a notification, but that doesn’t mean the update isn’t available. For example, we didn’t see it on our Pixel 8, but the update was available to download over the air. To grab the update file, all you need to do is head to the system part of the settings menu, then tap on system update and tap the check now button. In short, just check for the update manually and your phone will pull the OTA for you to download and install. Of course, you could wait for the OTA alert if you want to. But since you can just pull it down you might as well. It’s faster and there’s no difference between what you get when you manually grab it as opposed to waiting for the notification.

You could also install the factory image or OTA image if you need or want to. You can grab these images from the Google Play Services website.

The February security patch for Pixel devices is mostly bug fixes and improvements

This doesn’t mean that the update isn’t important. As you probably know, it’s important to keep your devices updated with the latest security fixes so your personal data is secure. It might not be as exciting as the feature drop updates with new features to play with. But the security patches are important all the same.

So what can users expect with the February Pixel security patch? Well as mentioned it’s mostly security and bug fixes. But as 9To5Google points out many of these fixes are listed in a range of high to critical. Over on the Pixel Phone Help community forum, Google details things a bit. For Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users, there are “camera and stability fixes for certain conditions.” There are also fixes for displays getting corrupted in certain conditions on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, and Google fixed an issue with the Pixel Fold’s outer display. There were additionally some fixes and stability for the framework for all Pixel devices and the WiFi for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.

Google goes into even a little bit more detail in the Android Security Bulletin, which you can read here.

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